INDIANAPOLIS — Da’Sean Butler’s injury turns out to be more serious than originally thought.
The 6-7 Butler suffered a torn ACL, minor MCL sprain and two bone bruises on his left knee during Saturday night’s 78-57 loss to Duke in the national semifinals.
The torn ACL was confirmed by a West Virginia press release Sunday afternoon.
“That’s what they think it is. They’re reading the MRI,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said Sunday by phone. “They’re going to call me when the doctor reads the MRI.”
The injury was originally called a “sprain” after Butler collided with Duke big man Brian Zoubek while driving to the basket. He left the game with 8:59 remaining and did not return.
“I’ll ice it and get it checked up on later on,” Butler said after the game. “But it wasn’t that big a deal. They gave me these real cool crutches, though.”
Butler, a Newark, N.J., native, finished as the third all-time leading scorer in West Virginia history with 2,095 points.
He was projected as the 45th pick in the June NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com.
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